Diploma in Organic Land Care


Upon completion of 4 core courses and 1 elective, students earn the Gaia College Diploma in Organic Land Care. Each of these courses focuses on a unique aspect of organic land care:


SketchUp Pro for Landscape Design should be taken as a pre-requisite or co-requisite to Ecological Landscape Design


All courses are offered on a part-time access basis to allow students to continue to work while studying. Students can combine online courses with classroom courses, regardless of where they are offered. Students can substitute classroom courses for online courses where applicable.

Courses can be taken individually and in no particular order (excepting SketchUp Pro for Landscape Design which is required before or concurrently with Ecological Landscape Design); we strongly suggest that everyone start with the Organic Master Gardener course.

The Gaia College Diploma in Organic Land Care fulfills the advanced education requirements for becoming a SOUL Certified Organic Land Care Professional.


Classroom courses are not being offered at this time. 


We recognize courses taken through Educational Partners, both online and classroom. 

Student Comment

I just wanted to say how much I appreciate still having access to class materials. It's been very useful, and a luxury compared to most post-secondary institutions. I really appreciate it! I think this should serve as real incentive for potential Gaia students, especially those that know the restrictions and inaccessibility of post-secondary course materials after graduation, because your student account is deactivated or you had to sell your texts. We get a lot for our course fee with Gaia. All the best, and keep up the good work. Brianna van de Wijngaard

Course Schedule

Organic Master Gardener
Organic Horticulture Specialist
x x x
Ecological Plant Knowledge 1 - Natives   x x
Landscape Design Basics with SketchUp Pro x x x
Ecological Landscape Design x x x

Business Skills for Land Care Professionals x   x
Growing Food 1 - Fundamentals x x x
Ecological Plant Knowledge 2 - Ornamentals   x x
Living Green Infrastructure     x
Rainwater Harvesting & Management x x x

Classroom Courses

No classroom courses are currently scheduled.

Diploma Costs

The total cost of acheiving the Diploma is $3995, consisting of five courses (each $795) and an administrative fee of $20.00. The course fees are due upon registration in each course; the administrative fee due when submitting records of course completion. 

Students are required to pay GST or HST on tuition fees as appropriate.

Students will receive the Diploma in Organic Land Care upon submitting records of course completion, together with a fee of $ 20.00.

Please contact us if further clarification is required.

Application and Payment

Once you have completed all requirements for the Diploma in Organic Land Care you may apply for the Diploma here:

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Please note: you must mail or email copies of your certificates from all the core courses and the elective course(s) with your application.